Montjuic, Barcelona

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    Mirador de l’Alcalde (the Mayor’s Lookout)

    by ValbyDK Written Oct 20, 2013
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    Mirador de l’Alcalde (the Mayor’s Lookout) is located at the Montjuic Hill. It is a viewpoint offering spectacular views over the port and the whole city. A nice place with various terraces at different levels, gardens, and sculptures and fountains.

    I went to the Mirador de l’Alcalde by bus, but you can also go there by the Montjuïc Cable Car (route: Parc Montjuïc -> Mirador -> Montjuïc Castle).

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    A Relaxing Respite

    by spocklogic Updated Oct 11, 2013

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    Montjuic is one of the hills overlooking the city that offers a splendid respite from the big and busy ways of Barcelona. The gardens and views of the city are worth a trip up into the hills for some peaceful meandering. The Hotel Miramar is located there along with a companion restaurant. There are cafes around close by too, all offering some splendid views of the city (especially at night). Have a drink, some tapas or a meal and enjoy the view. This area is not within walking distance from the city center. It is accessible by funicular or taxi. If you take a taxi, make sure you have written directions where you wish to be taken as many drivers in Barcelona speak only Spanish. You will definitely get a different perspective of Barcelona from here.

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    Palau Nacional

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 30, 2013

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    The Palau Nacional towers at the hill of Montjuik From the square of Spain. Firstly it is perceived as something historically valuable. However it is a rather new building. It has been constructed in 1929 and became the central construction of the World's Exibition. It has a name of the National Palace (Palau Nacional).
    A palace have been transferred to a national museum of Catalonia. Now it is possible to see there three big collections - Romance art, a gothic style and the fine arts including of some pictures of Goya.

    You can watch my 4 min 17 sec Video Barcelona Around Montjuik by bus out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    You can watch my photo of Barcelona on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 22' 14.25" N 2° 9' 7.16" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Montjuik hill.

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    Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 30, 2013

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    The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is a fountain located at the head of Avenida Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc.
    The cascade of terraces and fountains goes down from Palau Nacional to Plaza d'Espania. They are a smart gate of Montjuik hill. In the evening it is possible to observe here a fine show - musical show with the illuminated fountains.
    The light and music performances from October to April take place on Fridays and Saturdays every half-hour between 7:00 and 8:30pm, and from May to September Thursday through Sunday every half-hour between 9:00 and 11:00pm.

    You can watch my
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    2 min 33 sec Video Barcelona Montjuik Magic Fountains part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Montjuic Hill

    by JessieLang Written Jul 6, 2013

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    Montjuic hill has a series of nice public gardens, and it is a pleasant place to wander away from the hustle and bustle of the city below. The area used to be industrial, and the interesting pavement designs in the garden areas were made from recycled bits from torn down factories—gears, metal strips, and even buttons. There are good views of the city and the harbor from up there.

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    Laribal Gardens

    by mikey_e Written Dec 27, 2012
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    The Laribal Gardens were first sculpted to take advantage of Montjuïc’s greenery and natural setting during the 1929 World’s Fair. They are gardens that seem to combine both the order of a French creation with the whimsy and magic of an English one. While they do feature staircases and tiled areas around which the green spaces are carefully organized, they also have a number of statues, wild and somewhat “natural” flora and the famous Cat Fountain. There is also a restaurant that was set up in a small building constructed by Puig I Cadafalch during the early 1920s.

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    Teatre Grec

    by mikey_e Written Dec 27, 2012
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    Teatre Grec (Greek Theatre) was the site on Montjuïc that was intended to be the scene of theatrical performances during and after the World’s Fair (Teatre Lliure was converted into a theatre only in this century). In this sense, it is not connected with any specific theatrical company, although it has been used for some time as the site of a summer theatre festival, known as the Festival Grec. The theatre is located very close to the Laribal Gardens, and is merely a stone semicircle much the same as historical theatres found throughout the Ancient Greek World.

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    Teatre Lliure

    by mikey_e Written Dec 27, 2012
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    Barcelona, despite its reputation as a destination for sleazy stag and stagette parties and cheap romantic getaways, is actually a hotbed of a deeper, more meaningful living culture. Perhaps it is the city’s bilingual nature, and its history of opposition to the centralizing and Castillanizing policies of the Franco years, that gave rise to a prominent theatrical scene that continues to produce and improvise in spite of the impact of digital media. Teatre Lliure, which is located in the old Palace of Agriculture on Montjuïc, is one of the temples of this cult. The Teatre Lliure (Catalan for Free Theatre) was actually begun in Gràcia in 1976 and was intended to be a synthesis of Catalan rereadings of older and classical works and of the modern theatrical tradition of the city. It moved to the Palace of Agriculture in 2001, although the company continues to maintain links with the creative and anti-establishment culture of Gràcia. The building itself is not open for general tourist visits, although it is used an exhibition centre for plays and as a production centre for montages. The Palace was constructed in the 1920s for the 1929 World’s Fair in Barcelona, and was heavily influence by Lombard Renaissance style.

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    Views of the Barcelona Skyline

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jun 15, 2012

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    There are some great places to get panoramic views of Barcelona. The rooftop of La Pedrera, The rooftop of the Cathedral, Parc Guell, the far edge of the harbor, the top of the Mirador de Colombus, the Aerial Tramway, Tibadabo, and Montjuic. We chose the top of Montjuic because from atop the castle you can take in nearly all of Barcelona, from the harbor to well east of town, to some great views of the La Sagrada Familia. While it is not the highest point in the city, which distinction goes to Tibadabo it still is a great place to view the city.

    There is a great little cafeteria on the ground floor of Montejuic Castle that offers everything from nice hot lunches to a variety of snacks. Seating is in the grounds of the castle.

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    Take a trip up Montjuic.

    by JulesH Updated Jun 10, 2012

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    The landscaping around the Olympic Stadium is amazing...this little courtyard looks quite mystical. There is a funicular and cable car which goes right to the top, but it is a pleasant walk too. On the way up you pass the Joan Miro Foundation museum, and the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics centre, Diving Pool and the space age looking plaza behind the Stadium.

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    Picturesque Montejuic

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jun 8, 2012

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    Montjuic is a place with a very welcome much slower pace than downtown Barcelona. The term Montjuic means "Mountain of the Jews." Geographically speaking, Montjuic is a very gentle hill can be most easily reached by taking the metro southwest from downtown to the Paral-lel Metro stop. From the metro stop there is a funky funicular that takes you all the way up to the top of the hill (no need to buy an additional ticket to go up).

    When you get off the funicular there are several options. You can walk up to the Castle of Montjuic for some commanding views of the city. The views of the harbor, downtown and over to the La Sagrada Familia are definitely worth several photo shots. The fort itself really isn't much worth seeing but it does have a good little cafe on the ground floor. You can also take the bus or walk over to the Olympic Stadium. A final choice is to go left and see the Catalan Art Museum. Because of our interest in the Olympics we decided to walk all around the Olympic Stadium. Be prepared for a long walk or if not up to walking there is a bus that goes around the area.

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    Montjuic, "mountain of the Jews"

    by Martin_S. Written Nov 15, 2011

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    Montjuic, the mountain of the Jews, sorry to say that we did not find any Jews there even though we searched.....^O^
    But what we did find was a cable car to take us to Barceloneta and a coffee shop just on the edge of the mountain that gave us a great view over the city.
    For lack of time we had to forgo, for this trip at least, a visit to all that Montjuic has to offer, Poble Espanyol (Spanish village) which also has restaurants and entertainment, Fundació Joan Miró (Catalan artist),Palau Sant Jordi (Olympic facilities), the Estadi Olímpic, the Galería Olímpica and Torre de Calatrava, you can check them out at the website:
    http://www.barcelona-on-line.es/eng/turisme/bcn_montjuich.htm
    http://www.aviewoncities.com/barcelona/montjuic.htm

    What we did do was take the Funicular from the Metro Paral-lel station, up to the level where it meets the Teleferico (cable car to Montjuic Castle), from there we walked to the cable car that takes you to Barceloneta.
    The Funicular was free with our Barcelona Card, but both cable cars cost full price (it was about 9 Euro per person.

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    Intresting and great views !!!

    by jlanza29 Written Oct 21, 2011
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    The castle of Montjuic sits on top of a hill overlooking Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea .... after taking a fast and quick ride up (see my other travel tip) the castle can be seen in about an hour and there is no admission to enter and walk around the castle .... There is some great views of the city and sea .... also inside there is a couple of place where you can buy soda's and snacks. We had a perfect day with no clouds in the sky .....

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    Lliure and Greek Theatre in Montjuic

    by Xeriss Written Sep 18, 2011

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    Walk downwards from the cable car building/station to Passeig de Santa Madrona, in the Poble Sec. area to view the stunning Lliure Theatre. You can also take a bus down to the Poble Sec area.
    The greek theatre is situated a few metres away from the Lliure Theatre. However, it is situated in a remote area and there are no signs as to how to get there. The greek theatre is situated within a huge villa and has gardens surrounding it.

    It would be best if you were to ask the tourist information representative for directions prior to leaving Parc de Montjuic. We did ask a few passers-by to help us get to the Greek Theatre but it seemed as though no one knew what we were talking about.

    Opposite the Lliure Theatre, you'll find the Museum of Archeology.

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    Montjuic Castle

    by Xeriss Written Sep 18, 2011

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    One of the main attractions in Montjuic is the castle situated at the very top of the hill which you can reach easily by cable car. Buying a ticket for the cable car is easy - you can do so using one of the many automated machines situated at the entrance of the funicular station at Montjuic. If you need any assistance, there is a tourist information kiosk as soon as you exit the metro station before you enter the cable care building. Unfortunately, there aren't many people in Barcelona who can speak English, including the cable car attendants. They will try to help you as best as they can, but they will do so in Spanish.

    Cable car adult tickets (with return) are approximately €9.30. You can choose to buy a one way ticket and then walk back down to the metro station.

    A beautiful park surrounds the area around the castle. If you have time to spare, a stroll through this park should be worth your time. Admission to the castle is free of charge.

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